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The Art of Preserving Beauty, pp. 24–26. Who was “old” in eighteenth-century England? H. ”57 Individuals who felt themselves to be caught up in the inexorable process of aging emphasized the difference in their activities in youth and old age. ’ ”58 People of different ages were expected to behave differently, in “ageappropriate” ways, and these expectations were especially clear for women. 60 Such social norms certainly carried more weight in the upper classes, but all men and women were affected by stereotypes, good and bad, about old people.

Michael Anderson, “The Social Implications of Demographic Change,” in The Cambridge Social History of Britain, 1750–1850, vol. ii, ed. L. Thompson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), p. 27. Cited in Thane, Old Age in English History, p. 23, see also pp. 60–61. Anne Laurence, Women in England, 1500–1760: A Social History (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1994), p. 28. An Essay on the Most Rational Means of Preserving Health, and Attaining to an Advanced Age. To Which Are Added Anecdotes of Longevity (London: James Wallis, 1799), pp.

The Female Aegis; Or, the Duties of a Woman from Childhood to Old Age, and in Most Situations of Life, Exemplified (London: Sampson Low, 1798), p. 171. Emphasis added. William Falconer, An Essay on the Preservation of the Health of Persons Employed in Agriculture and on the Cure of Diseases That Are Incident to That Way of Life (Bath: R. Cruttwell, 1789), pp. 80–81; Crawford, Cursus Medicinae, pp. 337–338. See also Cheyne, An Essay of Health, p. 29, on food for the old. Roberts, “A Physic,” in Roberts and Porter, Literature and Medicine, p.

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